The Rotary Club of Bedworth works with many aspects of the community, both locally and internationally, but one area it is proud to support is the set of Youth competitions that it runs in conjunction with Nicholas Chamberlaine School. One such competition is Rotary Young Photographer. This competition aims to encourage young people to experiment with photography, using digital or traditional methods to express their ideas through the medium of photography. The competition is run across Great Britain & Ireland, with a theme being set each year. For 2015-16, the theme was "Our world is beautiful". As well a three photographs, participants has to submit a statement of up to 50 words describing the inspiration behind their entries. This can help the judges gain a little insight into the ideas behind what they can see visually.

Skye Harris and Tayla Banks with their trophies

Skye and Tayla with headteacher Mrs Ramsay and Rotary President Peter

This year we had 7 entries, 2 in the senior (14-17 year old) age group and 5 in the intermediate (11-13 year old). This was the first time we had entries in the younger group, something that may be due to the visit to the school last year of Meg Fenton, a Rotary World Peace Fellow and Professional Photojournalist, who spoke to one of the classes and clearly left them more than a little inspired!

The judges opinions were divided on some of the entries, but thankfully agreed on clear winners in the two categories, with Tayla Banks receiving the trophy for the intermediate age group and Skye Harris receiving hers for the senior age group. One particular image in Skye's entry stood out as it consisted of a winter scene in Bedworth town centre featuring a recognisable part of the Almshouses providing a splash of colour between the snow covered trees. This will soon feature on the Nicholas Chamberlaine Trusts website - providing a little more exposure for Skye's work.

All 21 photographs forming the 7 entries in the competition have been in the Civic Hall as part of a display there for two weeks and we are grateful to Tim Norton and the other staff there for providing us with that opportunity.

Both Tayla and Skye are now progressing to the Rotary District level of the Young Photographer competition and we wish them every success there.

Senior Winner Skye - Photo 1Senior Winner Skye - Photo 2Senior Winner Skye - Photo 3

Intermediate Winner Tayla - Photo 1Intermediate Winner Tayla - Photo 2Intermediate Winner Tayla - Photo 3

Young Musician LogoThe Rotary Club of Bedworth is proud to once again be working in conjunction with the Nicholas Chamberlaine School on the Rotary Young Musician competition for 2016.

The are two age categories - Junior (Under 12 years old - School year 8 and under) and Senior (13-18 years old - School Years 9-13) - with the entrant's age as of the 31st August 2015.

Entries needed to be submitted to Nicholas Chamberlaine School by the 7th March. However, late entries are generally possible, it just becomes less likely that they will be featured in the printed programme for the evening. The competition itself will take place on the 16th March. The entry form is available in the document here (in both PDF and Word formats), together with the competition rules.

PDF copy of competition entry formWord copy of competition entry formPDF copy of competition rules

We look forward to the evening of the 16th March when we can experience all this years entries and discover who will be the 2016 Rotary Young Musicians.

Young Photographer Logo Rotary Young Photographer 2013 Winners The Rotary Club of Bedworth is proud of its involvement with running competitions to encourage specific talents in the young people in our area. For 2013, we decided to try something new and were delighted to launch the Rotary Young Photographer Competition for the Bedworth area. Entries consisted of a portfolio of three photographs using the theme of "people" accompanied by up to 50 words describing the inspiration behind them.

There were two age categories - Intermediate (11-13) and Senior (14-17) - with the entrant's age as of the 31st August 2013, but we only received entries for the Senior age group. The judging was challenging, but after much deliberation we were able to conclude that Ashley Tonks was the overall winner, with Danielle Kelly in second place and Bethany Townsend coming third. Ashley received a trophy and his photos (included on this page), together with a selection of the other submissions, featured in an exhibition in the gallery area of the Civic Hall, Bedworth, from the 2nd to the 7th December 2013.

Ashley will progress on to the Rotary District competition (covering the West Midlands and Warwickshire) and hopefully from there to the Rotary in Britain and Ireland competition.


2013 Winner Ashley Tonks - Photo 1 2013 Winner Ashley Tonks - Photo 2 2013 Winner Ashley Tonks - Photo 3


Rotary Young Chef 2013 WinnersRotary Young Chef 2013 Participants


This year’s Young Chef Competition was held at Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College on Friday 29th November. The standard of this year’s presentations excelled anything previous, thus ensuring the judges did not have an easy task. The competitors were given an hour and a half to produce a starter and main course which were served on their previously laid tables, which also carried a percentage of marks towards the final decision.

The judge’s final decision placed Zak Kuszny in 3rd place. He had produced a Mexican bean dip with tortilla chips as a starter, followed by Chilli Con Carne.

Allana Prosser presented a stuffed pepper as a starter followed by Chicken Katsue with onion.

The ultimate prize went to Arabella Hawkins for her beautifully presented meal consisting a cheese coated mushroom with a fish pie accompanied by carrot sticks rolled in a part courgette. We wish Arabella and Allana well in the next round of the competition.

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